Honorary BLM-SPI Way signs are up at Fourth and Jackson and Fifth and Jackson intersections.
The Springfield Chapter of Black Lives Matter was founded by Sunshine Clemons and Khoran Readus in 2016.
Clemons and Readus were behind the organization of a procession of about 3,000 vehicles around Springfield a year ago. It came days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
The event was widely praised for its peacefulness and effectiveness.
BLM Springfield: Clemons, Readus, who founded BLM Springfield, honored with interfaith award
Black Lives Matter got its national start in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Black teen Trayvon Martin a year and a half earlier. The movement got traction for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is hoping to have Jackson Street from Capitol Avenue to the Lincoln Home area renamed Harry Marshall Avenue.
Currently, the honorary designation for Marshall covers the intersections of Jackson at Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, 11th and Elm streets; McCreery and Wheeler avenues; and Martin Luther King Drive.
“Skee” Marshall served as deputy sheriff from 1958 to 1962 and as deputy U.S. marshal from 1961 to 1977, according to a city resolution renaming the street in his honor. He was named U.S. marshal for the Central Illinois District, the first Black to be so named, by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Marshall held the job until his death in 1982.
Roll out the Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 5975 S. Sixth St., is seeking a liquor license from the city council.
In an effort to boost sales last year, some restaurants added beer and wine to their menus. A spokeswoman said the idea is to have about 600 of the chain’s 660 restaurants selling beer and wine
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